There are moments when what I feel dictates where I want to be and this past memorial weekend spent in Venice Beach, California hit the spot. It was gritty, loud, urban, grungy and amidst it all, there was beauty, art, and acceptance.
Originally, the bf and I were going to drive to Santa Barbara. Yes, by the area around Isla Vista where the shooting rampage of a young, deranged misogynist man carried out his “war on women.” We felt lucky we weren’t there but extremely sad for those families who lost a loved one that day. Anyway, I don’t want to get started ranting on that as I already carry so much sadness and anger in my heart. In fact, the whole point of driving somewhere was to release some of these feelings and let go.
When my friend Ana lost her battle with cancer and passed away last March, it was Costa Rica that helped me in my healing journey. She was beautiful, kind and pristine just like the beaches and town of Playa Guinoes. This time around, I welcomed that grittiness, funky and edgy carnival atmosphere that is Venice Beach. The art walls shouted and the boardwalk filled with the homeless, the skateboarders and hippies were in your face. Within walking distance was the dreamy community along the 16 miles of beautiful canals, the idyllic ground for creative inspiration and artistic pursuits. And just west of Lincoln Blvd, boho-chic shops peppered with restaurants serving good food and wine lined the historic Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Yes, just the right ensemble of eclecticism and individualism for my taste and my mood.
Just a few weeks, ago, I lost a special someone…someone once very important to me. He decided he didn’t want to live anymore so he left this world hastily. I cannot even begin to express the pain, the sadness and the anger I feel. I have no choice but to deal with it internally while continuing to enjoy the life I have with my loved ones right now, right here.
Here are the photos. I am starting once again to document life via Project Life Digital Scrapbooking and I will be sharing those more as I get further along. Check these out if you haven't been to this part of California and see if this is something you might want to check out for yourself!
View From The Hotel Erwin Balcony
Venice Art Walls - you need a permit to paint otherwise it's vandalism
On Downtown & 3rd Street Promenade - Santa Monica
Definitely the vibe for everything yoga, paleo, organic and chic
There were some interesting characters at the market but they will only allow me to take pictures if I pay them or buy something from their shop...bummer!